Turning Leftovers into Encores
Lately, my husband and I have decided to start calling leftovers “encores.” Leftovers have such a negative connotation, but encores sound so delicious. Overall, it is more about a change of attitude toward the abundance we have been given. We live in a land of great abundance, yet so much of it is wasted, and many times I’ve found myself ungrateful for having to eat yet another serving of the same thing I had yesterday.
Tonight as I made a lentil, cheese, and tomato quiche for dinner, I realized there is so much more to be done with abundance than just grudgingly eat it. For the quiche, I actually took the time to make a homemade pie crust. Because I am unable to roll a pie crust out to a perfect circle, I had to trim the edge of the crust once it was in the pan. Well, I ended up with a small fistful of leftover dough. In general, I thought, there are three things one could do with an abundance:
- Throw it away
- Give it away
- Use it/Re-purpose it
I almost threw the fistful of dough away, but then I realized it took way too much effort to make it, so I decided on using it to make two small, individual serving size pear pies. The pears came from my mother who gave out of the bountiful crop she had off her trees this year. The pies turned out to be the perfect complement to the meal. What a delicious lesson to remind me to take a second look before I simply throw out the abundance I’ve been given!